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Peter J. Peterson

Aug 08, 1947 - Jul 23, 2019


On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Peter J. Peterson (a.k.a. “Zorba”), age 71, of Manitowoc, WI, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord.
Peter was born in Chicago, IL, on August 8, 1947 to James and Marian Passiales Peterson. He graduated from Glenbrook North High School, in Northbrook, IL, and attended Southern Illinois University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film. In 1983, Peter was united in marriage to Carol Peppas: they eventually had two sons, Paul and Jimmy, and raised them in Berwyn, IL.
Peter had many jobs in his post-college years, but was most fond of his time as a bartender at the Prime Table, a steakhouse in Arlington Heights, IL. After his time bartending, Peter moved to Manitowoc, WI, to join the family business, The Cawley Company. He was an active member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, in Sheboygan, WI, and served on its Parish Council. Peter also served as a board member at the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.
His passions included spending time with his sons, celebrating his Greek Heritage, and sharing his love for music. Peter was the king of corny jokes and a human encyclopedia of random knowledge. He loved corvettes, movies, and Christmas. He was a kind and generous man, and will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Survivors include his two sons, Paul J. Peterson and James P. Peterson (wife Melissa); his mother, Marian J. Kanzelberger (a.k.a., “Rebel”); a brother, James P. Peterson (wife Molly) and their children, Alex and Grace; and his former wife, Carol Peterson. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. Peter was preceded in death by his father, James P. Peterson and his two cherished friends, Darryl Angelico and Bill Hooper.
A funeral service for Peter will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 1425 S. 10th Street, Sheboygan, WI. Fr. Leo Gavrilos will preside. Family and friends may gather at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc, WI.
Peter’s family would like to thank Dr. Baatz, the staff at Holy Family Memorial Hospital, Home Care Health Services, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, and the many extended family and friends that reached out, visited Pete, and sent love, thoughts and prayers.

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday Jul 27, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church [map]


Date: Saturday Jul 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church [map]



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Dael Angelico-Hart

I will never forget Pete coming to our house and playing the piano. My mother begged him to do it and loved it. I moved away from the Chicago area and only visited from time to time. But even in these times, I met Pete a number of times because he was such a good friend with my brother Darryl. Pete was such a good support to Darryl, I only wish Darryl had been able to help him. I hope they are toasting each other now. I am so sorry you had to lose Pete so early!

Garth Freeman

I knew Pete through our mutual friend, Darryl Angelico. While I didn’t see Pete often, I did hear about him and visit with him now and again over the past fifty some years. I had no idea he was so sick and am very disappointed that we will not be able to continue our friendship. My wife and I want to offer our condolences to his family and many friends.

Doug Richter

God Speed Pete. God Bless the entire family. Pete and his humor will be missed as will the sounds of his fingers on the ivory.

Roberta (Bobbi) Petesch Allen

Though we were not in touch in recent years, I remember Pete so fondly. We were at Glenbrook HS together (Pete was a year ahead). My sincere sympathy to his brother Jimmy, his lovely mother and his entire family. Warmest regards, Bobbi

Nancy Wester

I waited on Pete over the years at Piggly Wiggly and will always remember him as a funny, kind, caring man. He always had a joke or a comment or something while I checked out his groceries. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during these very sad days.